Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Revelation 3:20-22 ESV

Reading the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ to John helps train our focus on the big picture of life and death, without leaving out the details. In God’s grand scheme, Jesus returns to wage war against all ungodliness and unrighteousness. He saves those who are eagerly waiting and sets up his throne of justice and righteousness. The details, on the other hand, pertain to our life in Christ and to the godliness God requires of his children. The words, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock”, remind us that God is offering a personal invitation to the throne room of grace, to anyone who hears the voice of God and acts in faith.

TWO DISPARATE THINGS

Initially, God is calling us to himself and Christ is knocking on the door of our heart. If we hear his voice and open the door, we can experience forgiveness, love and life forever. Subsequently, Jesus declared that only the conqueror would be granted to sit with him on his throne. On the one hand, we have salvation which is from God - apart from works, and on the other hand, we have honor and rewards for good works to those who are conquerors.

As believers, we must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, while not neglecting the struggle, the work, or even the warfare that is the battleground of the conqueror. Although salvation and rewards are disparate in some ways, they are related when viewed in light of our faith.

FAITH & SALVATION

Faith is an essential part of our life in Christ. We are saved by grace through faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. This godly assurance and immovable conviction informs our view of the world and transforms our attitude day to day.

To learn more about meditating on God's word and memorizing Scripture, read "Theology and Scripture: why memorize and meditate?".

THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH & REWARDS

We shouldn’t underestimate the important role faith plays in relationship to honor and rewards in heaven. We must have faith to believe that God not only exists, but that he created us in his image with a special purpose. That special purpose for our lives is both global and individual. It is global in the sense that there are things God desires from all of us, all the time. God desires undivided worship from his children, he wants us to love him with our whole heart, he has commanded that we produce the fruit of the Spirit and that we be united with Christ and conformed to his image.

However, the special purpose for our lives is also intensely individual. God has given each of us a temple to honor (our body and mind ), as well as various talents to steward, 2 abilities to develop and spiritual gifts to use. Beyond fostering what is good in our lives, we also need to address our own struggles with sin and our propensities toward evil. We each carry a uniquely different burden. Here again, we must not only believe by faith that God exists, but that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. It is this conviction of faith that allows us to see beyond the pain and struggle of life to an omniscient, just and loving God who delights to reward his children with goodness and life.

Summary

Reading the book of Revelation helps remind us of the big picture according to God. We see that Christ will return to rule and reign in righteousness but we also see that he is inviting us to take part in the ruling and reigning of his new kingdom. God has extended this invitation by means of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. If you trust in him, God will forgive all your sins, fill you with the Holy Spirit and give you eternal life. Today, you can pray to God because he is listening and he loves you. Admit you are unholy and unrighteous, believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God and confess your sins and repent.

Beyond redemption, Jesus declares that the conqueror will be rewarded with honor and position. In conclusion, we see that our faith is essential to both salvation and rewards. More specifically, we respond to God by faith for salvation and we serve God by faith

WHAT CAN I DO NOW?

For a better eternal perspective, read the book of Revelation. When you read, listen to God as he reveals more of himself and his truth to you through his word. If you’d like to read through the book chapter by chapter, we recommend listing along with David Heath as he beautifully reads God’s Word from the ESV translation. Simply click “Audio Bible” in the header and select Revelation chapter 1 to begin.

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Soli Deo Gloria